Portsmouth Police and Kroger team up for Drug Take Back day

By Frank Lewis

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If you look closely into your medicine cabinet or a vanity drawer, chances are you will find some outdated medicine that was a big help when you needed it, but is now of no further use to you. Now you can get rid of that medicine because Kroger is joining together with the Portsmouth Police Department and Cardinal Health to provide the public with a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused and expired medications at the Kroger store, at 811 Gay St., in Portsmouth, this Saturday (Sept. 26) at 1 p.m.

Consumers are being encouraged to drive through the Kroger parking lot and drop off their medications to Portsmouth police officers. They will accept all unused and expired medications, including pills, tablets, sharps and patches. Medications will not be accepted in the store or by anyone other than a Portsmouth police officer.

According to Ohio Department of Health statistics, accidental drug poisonings are the leading cause of accidental death in the state, ahead of motor vehicle crashes. The results of a national survey show, as many as seven out of 10 people who misuse prescription medications get them from a friend or family member. This practice is unsafe because the use of medicine is an individual practice. Your doctor knows your condition and prescribes just for you.

The Portsmouth Drug Disposal Day event is being held in conjunction with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Kroger has participated in 11 Drug Take Back events since 2011, collecting more than 14,000 pounds of medication.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.